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Is your House giving Hints that it’s Time for an Electrical Wiring Upgrade?

When your clothes dryer starts to deteriorate, it’s pretty obvious. Your clothes are not dried properly or the mechanism stops spinning. However, when your home wiring begins to deteriorate, it’s not immediately obvious. The wiring is hidden behind the walls for safety and convenience. It’s not easy to inspect or troubleshoot. Instead, homeowners can keep …

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Avoid Overlamping in Older Homes

Older homes come with their own charms and dangers. As electrical systems have progressed over the past few decades, some older homes don’t comply with new regulations. This doesn’t mean that you are necessarily violating the electrical code. But, in older homes, it can be easier to violate codes because information isn’t as readily accessible. …

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Stay Safe Near Downed Power Lines

Strong winds and vicious rain can occasionally send power lines to the ground. As the connection is disrupted, many homes can lose power and go dark. For this reason, it may be tempting to go and inspect the downed power lines. However, downed power lines are dangerous and should be handled by professionals with the …

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How to Use Extension Cords Safely

Extension cords seem like a practical solution to many problems. Many people use extension cords to direct power to Christmas tree lights in the winter. Owner of older homes may use extension cords to supply power to parts of the home that are lacking outlets. While extension cords are a useful tool, they can cause …

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Do-it-yourself Project or Professional Electrician?

When an electrical problem arises, often people ask “can I fix it myself?” With the amount of information available on the internet, it’s tempting for home and business owners to fix their own problems rather than spend money on an electrician. The answer is available in YouTube video somewhere. However, in some cases, do-it-yourself electrical …

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Overloading Circuits: Fuse Boxes and Circuit Breakers

Most of us have experienced the lights suddenly going out. We’re ironing the laundry while toasting bread and heating up soup in the microwave. Then, suddenly, the lights go out. The toast remains bread and the iron cools down. What happened? In many cases, the home tripped a circuit breaker or blew a fuse. This …

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Four Ways To Keep Homes Safer And More Energy Efficient While Owners Are On Vacation

Four Ways to Keep Homes Safer and More Energy Efficient While Owners Are on Vacation   Energy Education Council provides practical tips to cut electrical costs this summer   Summer months are a popular time for many families to take a vacation. If you plan on spending time away from your home yet this summer, …

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5 Ways to Keep Your Property Safe with Lights

1. Motion-activated or motion-sensor lighting: The lighting turns on when something or someone passes the area being covered by a motion sensor. The light only turns on when triggered by motion, not by how dark or light it might be outside. It turns off when the motion isn’t detected anymore, which saves on electricity. This …

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